Why do you need a degree in exercise science in order to become a BEST Method Practitioner? Anyone can be a personal trainer. Most gyms will hire a personal trainer who has a certification. A majority of certifications only require passing a test. We only take trainers who have spent the past 4 years learning human anatomy and movement. If you have a better understanding of the biology, physics, and cellular mechanics of human anatomy, then you will be better prepared to understand and explain why the BEST Method is effective for all humans. This understanding of the basics will allow you to develop and implement a safe and highly effective program that addresses people’s postural disturbances and injury history.
To be honest. There are amazing trainers out there that don’t have their degrees. I am not denying this. I just find that a majority of the “certified” trainers mean well, but do not truly understand the most complex organic machine ever designed. Over 600 muscles, over 200 bones, and the complex physics that these structures interact with cannot be learned in 4 years…and definitely not in a weekend course certification.
I challenge all personal trainers out there to apply for a grant, take out a loan and apply for an exercise science program. Yes it is expensive, but your clients deserve this level of education. This is a vital healthcare service that will keep people healthy and living longer. It is also so easy to hurt people, sideline them and lead them down a path to inactivity and therefore disease. Teaching a client a proper movement will reinforce continued progression and knowing how to teach these complex tasks needs to be done with knowledge and understanding of many variables.
This is why we require degrees to learn the BEST Method. I believe that this growing healthcare field will bridge the gap between personal trainer and doctor. We will become providers of a service that will lower healthcare costs and improve quality of life. The fitness industry will become the prevention industry as the costs of hospital stays, doctor visits and drugs continue to skyrocket.